CCHD's quarterly newsletter, Helping People Help Themselves, features a message from the Director, Ralph McCloud, and offers inspiring examples of the good work CCHD funds. 

Living Synodality: Walking with Those on the Margins

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2022

Pope Francis invited the entire Church to join in a two-year process of listening and dialogue to reflect on the life and mission of the Church in the third millennium. He opened the Synod on Synodality in Rome in October 2021 with the expectation that each diocese will feel welcome to participate in the prayerful journey.

Read more about how CCHD-funded groups help support the outreach mission of dioceses in the newsletter.

 

From Words to Action: CCHD-Funded Groups Bring Laudato Si' to Life

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2021

In his 2015 environmental encyclical On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si'), Pope Francis says that all creation is part of a universal family, and care for the natural world is an integral part of Church teaching on social justice. The pope praises local groups that enrich sociaty by promoting the common good and defending the environment.

Read more about how CCHD-Funded groups are living these principles in the newsletter.

 
Catholic Labor Network: Defending Workers During and Beyond the Pandemic

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2021

When the pandemic gripped the United States in 2020, 90% of workers in the hotel industry were laid off as the travel business was effectively shut down. Many of the unemployed were low income workers and immigrants. Most lost employer-supported health care. Few had any guarantee of a post-shutdown job.

Read more about how the Catholic Labor Network organized Catholic laity and clergy to secure workers' rights in the newsletter.

 
CCHD Provides Grants to Fund a Massachusetts Eviction Moratorium

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2021

Years before the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market in Boston and throughout other areas of Massachusetts was hot and growing hotter. Working-class tenants were displaced from affordable housing by skyrocketing rents as areas “gentrified.”

Read more about how two CCHD-funded groups in Massachusetts worked to obtain a moratorium on evictions in the  newsletter .

The Post-Pandemic Path Ahead

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2021

Three groups funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) strengthened their networks during the pandemic and developed
innovative strategies that will likely persist after the virus is controlled.

Read more about the ways CCHD-funded groups are continuing and looking ahead in the  newsletter .

Diocesan Directors: Building Relationships

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2020

Appointed by their bishops or archbishops, CCHD diocesan directors identify, accompany, and build relationships with local groups that may receive CCHD funding. Directors also help parishes understand and practice Catholic social teaching and support the work of CCHD.

Read more about the work of CCHD diocesan directors in the  newsletter .

 

Funded Groups Respond to COVID Pandemic

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2020

As the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19 threw the entire nation off kilter, groups funded by the
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) used their grassroots networks to respond creatively to the pandemic.

Read more about how CCHD-funded groups responded to COVID in the  newsletter .

ARISE Adelante empowers women, youth, and children in immigrant colonias

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2020

In the lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, Hidalgo County is one of the most impoverished areas of the United States. Hardscrabble cities and towns dot the landscape, and thousands of people live in colonias, informal communities on unincorporated land outside city limits.

Typically, the colonias have limited infrastructure such as electricity, septic or sewer systems, and paved roads, and their residents live well below 
federal poverty levels.

Read more about ARISE Adelante in the  newsletter .

 
PREPARES gives families what social service cannot

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2020

In 2014 the four Catholic bishops of Washington state turned this “audacious idea” into a statewide program that has now recruited and trained 491 volunteers and served more than 16,400 pregnant moms and their families.

Read more about PREPARES in the  newsletter .

 
Social Action Leaders for the Future

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2019

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) intern program celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019. It provides young low-income and middle-income Catholics who are emerging leaders with an opportunity to serve CCHD-funded social ministry and action programs directly, to learn the social teachings of the Church, and to develop valuable leadership skills.

Read more about the CCHD intern program in the newsletter.

 

Defending the Rights of Workers

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2019

The Catholic Church has a rich tradition of defending the rights of workers. In 1891, Pope Leo XIII wrote Rerum Novarum, his groundbreaking encyclical on the rights and duties of capital and labor—the foundational text of modern Catholic social teaching. Rerum Novarum describes the relationships and mutual responsibilities between employers and employees and supports laborers’ right to form unions.

Read more about the Catholic Labor Network in the newsletter.

 

Once It's Gone, It's Gone

By: Beth Griffin

Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2019

“Coal is both a very complicated and a very uncomplicated subject. It has been a driver and a buster of the economy in Appalachia for more than a century,” Ann League says. She is the executive director of Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), a Tennessee organization that encourages civic involvement and collective action on environmental, economic, educational, and justice issues.

Read more about Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment in the newsletter.

 

 

Past issues of Helping People Help Themselves
 

Recognizing the Stranger
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2019

Migrants on the Southern Border
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2018

Taking Milwaukee's North Side from Grim to Grateful
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2018

Hope for Excluded and Overlooked Workers in New Orleans
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2018

A Voice for the Vulnerable
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2018

Working for Justice in Baltimore
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2017

Opportunity Threads and Industrial Commons
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2017

Our Border Family: Hope at the Border
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2017

Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2017

Building Transformative Relationships, Advancing Restorative Justice
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2016

Dignity, Stability, Home
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2016

Tackling Wage Theft, Building Just Communities
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2016

Thirty Years of Courageous Organizing
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2016

Voices Unite to Reform the Justice System
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2015

Empowering Others as Entrepreneurs
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2015

Moving in Congregations Acting in Hope
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2015

Baltimore's Local CCHD Committee
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2015

Neighborhood Foods
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2014

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2014

Fe Y Justicia Worker Center
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 2, 2014

Camden Student Leaders
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 1, 2014

Taxi Workers' Alliance of Pennsylvania
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 4, 2013

Metropolitan Congregations United for St. Louis
Helping People Help Themselves, Issue 3, 2013

 

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